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iRadio founder Dan Healy to head RTÉ 2fm

The new recruit has also worked at 98FM and Newstalk.

FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION of John McMahon from the top job at 2fm yesterday, RTÉ Radio has announced Dan Healy as the station’s new chief.

The radio man has worked in broadcasting for more than 13 years, including spells at the helm of 98FM and Newstalk. He was also a co-founder of iRadio, where he worked for four years until 2009.

He has spent the past three years as CEO of Independent Radio Sales, the parent firm of a number of local and national stations including Cork’s Red FM, KFM, Radio Nova and Spin South West.

RTÉ Radio Managing Director Claire Duignan said Healy’s track record in the industry is “unparalleled”.

“2fm is a core priority for RTÉ – it’s vital that RTÉ, as the public service broadcaster, meet the needs of younger listeners and this appointment is a significant statement of confidence in the future of 2fm,” she added.

Healy said he was delighted to accept the appointment.

“It is a wonderful and challenging opportunity to play a significant role in the further development of the station. It’s a well-worn phrase in radio circles, but it’s also true that RTÉ 2fm is a sleeping giant.

“It plays a hugely important role in providing outstanding music, sport, entertainment, news and information to its legion of listeners.”

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